Outdoor Fitness conquers German cities. Boot camps, Calisthenics parks, outdoor fitness courses: you don’t need an expensive gym to get fitter. Whether you’re looking for fitness trails from the 70s, modern boot camps or outdoor fitness circuits, more and more people in German parks and green areas are sweating for a better figure.

What is Outdoor Fitness?

Circuit training: The best outdoor exercises for park, forest and city

As the name suggests, nature becomes a sports field. Natural events are used for fitness training just as much as objects created by humans.

With a little ingenuity, the children’s playground becomes a gym for men: park benches are ideal for strength exercises and a climbing scaffold is converted into a train tower.

Functional outdoor training

What is particularly practical about this is that the training can be varied and designed as a functional training: The combination of running and strength training increases calorie consumption and you kill two birds with one stone. The muscles grow and the condition increases, at the same time you save time and money.

Sportswear and running shoes are everything you need for outdoor fitness. Training starts right on your doorstep. You can use the way to the nearest training device to warm up. Just jog to the nearest park. After 5 to 10 minutes your body is at operating temperature and you can start your outdoor fitness training.

Outdoor Fitness: The best exercises for outdoors

Pushups, squats and pull-ups are now part of the cityscape. Outdoor fitness exercises can be roughly divided into 4 categories:

1. pull exercises
Exercises such as pull-ups or rowing belong in the category of pull-up exercises. Your own body weight serves as training resistance, which you pull upwards against gravity. You train the large back muscles and the arm flexor.

2. pressure exercises
Push-ups and dips belong to the category of pressure exercises. You push your body upwards by stretching your arm against gravity. The arm extension, chest and shoulder muscles are used to train the opponents of the pulling movement.

3. stabilization exercises, (stability exercises)
The third category consists of the so-called stabilization exercises, which predominantly strengthen the muscles of the middle of the body (abdomen, lower back, pelvic floor, diaphragm). Board alias plank or forearm support, side support or bridge are typical exercises for the middle of the body.

4. leg exercises
About two-thirds of our muscle mass sits on our legs. That is why leg exercises belong in every holistic fitness concept. With knee bends and lung steps you can effectively strengthen your legs and significantly boost calorie consumption.

The exercises use what nature has to offer: Branches and stones are perfect training tools and can be found everywhere in the countryside. A park bench is ideal for push-ups, a staircase for lunges, a thick branch for pull-ups. The possibilities are endless.